Suffolk stroke services set to improve

Improved 24/7 stroke services in Suffolk are on track to be introduced from November 2013.

The third meeting of the Stroke Project Review Board took place today (Thursday) and the improved services will see specialist doctors and nurses deliver round-the-clock hyper acute stroke care at Ipswich and West Suffolk hospitals.

The board discussed improvements to the early supported discharge service which will see better after care for stroke patients and more joined-up working between community health services and the hospitals. It was agreed that a community engagement plan be put into action to gather views from patients and the public on how this service should work.

The Stroke Project Review Board is a collaboration of local healthcare organisations and is leading the review of stroke services on behalf of the two local clinical commissioning groups – NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG and NHS West Suffolk CCG.

Dr Mark Shenton, chairman of the NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We are delighted that work is progressing well on establishing round-the-clock stroke care services. It shows that by working together local healthcare organisations can make a real difference to health services and the lives of Suffolk people.”

Dr Christopher Browning, chairman of the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group said: “An important part of this review is involving patients in creating an early supported discharge service that delivers a seamless level of aftercare. We are committed to listening and responding to what local people tell us and their opinions will shape how the service operates.”